The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines "almost" as follows:
Main Entry: 1al·most
Pronunciation: \ˈȯl-ˌmōst, ȯl-ˈ\
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English ealmǣst, from eall +mǣst most
Date: before 12th century
: very nearly but not exactly or entirely <we're almost there>
ThIs is one of the words in the dictionary that I just don't care for. To say that you're almost there or that you almost achieved your objective or arrived at your destination to me means that you fell just short of what you wanted to do. "If you plan, don't assume, don't procrastinate, and pace yourself properly, you can achieve realistic challenging tasks and win versus losing."